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Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies

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Special Announcement: The Farm Bureau Family of Companies is dedicated to providing for and protecting Michiganders. To this end, we are encouraging all policyholders and members to review their coverage limits on their insurance policy(ies). With recent increases in the cost of goods, services, and construction, we want to do our part to ensure Michigan residents are properly protected. Please contact your local agent if you believe that your coverage limits may need to be increased.

Wind Lease Easements

The process of evaluating a wind energy development contract can be complex, and the signing of such a contract involves a long-term commitment by the landowner.

Wind energy development contracts are typically provided in two forms – as leases or as easements. Regardless of the type of contract used, the issues involved in a lease or an easement are similar – the duration of the contract (ranging from a period of years to a permanent transfer of rights), the landowner’s compensation payments, the liability of each party, the transfer of the contract to third parties, and many other issues – must be resolved between the parties negotiating the contract.

This worksheet is designed to help landowners consider some important issues that should be considered when negotiating a contract and some of the alternatives that might be considered to address those issues. It is strongly advised that you obtain legal assistance to better understand the provisions presented in the contract.

Content provided by: Michigan State University

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